How do I get in touch to talk about these changes?
It is our intention to communicate these changes to RTOs in an open manner. You can subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the TAE Training Package on our home page. We are also contactable at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 714 819.
Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions or comments regarding the new TAE Training Package or any of our other training products.
Over the coming months we will be engaging with the sector on a range of issues related to skills to ensure there will be opportunities to provide feedback on the changes to the TAE.
What do I have to do to have the new training products put on my RTO’s scope?
ASQA has provided advice on this issue here:
Specifically, you should be aware:
“All registered training organisations, whether currently delivering the old Cert IV TAE qualification (TAE 40110) or not, will need to apply to ASQA should they wish to offer the updated qualification.
Reflecting the critical role this qualification plays in assuring quality in the VET sector, all applications for this qualification will undergo enhanced scrutiny by ASQA. The application process will include strengthened evidence requirements including requiring comprehensive training and assessment strategies and copies of previous assessment records. In some circumstances, restrictions may be placed on RTOs as to how the qualification is delivered.”
What do the changes mean for existing trainers and assessors?
The updated TAE Training Package was released to training.gov.au on 6 April 2016. At this time the VET Standards have not changed and there are no additional requirements for existing trainers and assessors.
The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) Industry and Skills Council intends to review how the new training package may apply to existing trainers and assessors. Pending this review, trainers and assessors who hold the existing Certificate IV in Training and Assessment may be required to update their qualification to ensure it is equivalent to the new qualification.
We are unaware of a specific time frame in which this review may occur.
ASQA has also release a clarification on this issue:
What is PwC’s Skills for Australia’s role in the TAE Training Package (Release 2.0)?
PwC’s Skills for Australia became the Skills Service Organisation for the TAE Training Package in January 2016. Our role in Release 2.0 is to assist RTOs and other interested parties in understanding the new training products, to take on any feedback, and to identify areas for improvement. Importantly, PwC’s Skills for Australia does not have any regulatory, audit or enforcement functions; these are the responsibility of ASQA.
What’s the difference between TAE 2.0 and the superseded TAE packages?
Core unit changes
- Inclusion of two new units of competency in the core units of TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment: TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools and TAELLN411 Address adult language, literacy and numeracy. TAE40116 now has nine core units and one elective unit, and is not equivalent to the superseded qualification TAE40110
- Inclusion of TAELLN501 Support the development of adult language literacy and numeracy skills and removal of TAELLN401a Address adult language literacy and numeracy skills from the core units of TAE50116 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training. TAE50116 is not equivalent to the superseded qualification TAE50111
- Addition of new TAESS00010 Advanced Assessor Skill Set
- Addition of TAEASS502 Design and develop assessment tools into the TAESS00011 Assessor Skill Set. TAESS00011 is not equivalent to the superseded skill set TAESS00001
- Changes to content in some units of competency
Unit structural changes
- More detailed assessment requirements including performance evidence and knowledge evidence
- Inclusion of foundation skills in unit of competency documents
- Removal of range statement information from unit of competency documents
Detailed information on the changes to content within training products can be found by using the ‘compare’ tool on the training.gov.au website.
When does the preceding TAE Training Package (Version 1.0) expire?
Training products are usually removed from an RTO’s scope of registration 12 months after the release date of the superseding product. However, the expiry date for the superseded TAE products has been extended to 18 months and is therefore 5 October 2017. According to ASQA’s Standards, this means RTOs must not enrol, train or issue qualifications to students in any superseded TAE units of competency after this date.
Following the expiry date, students enrolled in superseded TAE courses must be mapped over to the new TAE 2.0 training package.
Where can I find information about unit equivalencies between the new TAE Training Package and its superseded qualifications?
The Implementation Guide for TAE Training Package (Release 2.0) provides unit mapping information and details on equivalencies with superseded units. Mapping information can be found on the training.gov.au website.
Will PwC’s Skills for Australia create teaching resources for the new TAE Training Package?
For the time being, we are focusing on working with our Industry Reference Committees to examine areas of improvement in our training products and to ensure they remain industry relevant.
It is important to note that the changes to the TAE were developed in 2015 prior to Skills for Australia being established. Accordingly, we have not developed course materials for the TAE Training Package at this point.